Q. What is Certified Wood?
A. Certified wood comes from forests that are environmentally
managed to a standard set by the Forest Stewardship
Council (FSC). Certified wood are held to the
same grading standards as non-certified wood,
but the big difference is that certified woo
promotes sustainable forest management.
Q. Who needs to be FSC Chain of Custody Certified?
A. According to FSC, any company making, changing,
trading, re-labeling or repackaging FSC Certified
products needs to be COC certified in order to
use the FSC trademarks and to enable its customers
to make an FSC claim about these products.
Q. What is LEED?
A. LEED is an acronym which stands for "Leadership
in Energy and Environmental Design", a High
Performance Green Building program developed by
the United States Green Building Council (USGBC).
LEED is an internationally recognized green building
certification system, providing third-party verification
that a building or community was designed and built
using strategies aimed at improving performance
across all the metrics that matter most: energy
savings, water efficiency, CO2 emissions reduction,
improving indoor enviroinmental quality, and stewardship
of resources and sensetivity to their impacts.
Q. How are LEED credits structured?
A. There are five sections where a project can
earn LEED credits:
-Indoor Environmental Quality***
-***These two sections pertain to products offered by Atlantic Plywood
Q. How are LEED credits assessed per project?
A. Credits for LEED projects are reviewed once
during the design phase and then at the end of
the construction phase. A member of the project
team (owner, architecture firm, general contractor,
green building consultant) pulls the M&R
credits and supporting documents together and
submits them to USGBC for review. USGBC has several
LEED credit review contractors that they use
to review the credits and supporting documents.
After 30 days, USGBC sends the report back to
the project team with 'pending' or 'denied' credits.
The project team then has 30 days to comply with
the report that will be submitted to USGBC for
a second review. Once this second review is complete
the project is awarded its certification.